Wading into a murky area of the law, a 2nd Circuit panel has ruled that a Vermont school district violated a seventh grader's free speech rights when it forced him to cover up images of drugs and alcohol on a T-shirt ridiculing President Bush. Resolving an issue of first impression in the circuit, the panel ruled that a 1986 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing school authorities to ban "plainly offensive" messages was not applicable to this case.
'Offensive' Speech Gets Narrow Reading at 2nd Circuit
New York Law Journal
September 6, 2006